Cincinnati Reds reliever Robert Stephenson will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with the Triple-A Louisville Bats. That will start a 6-game homestand for Louisvillle against the Pawtucket Red Sox and Buffalo Bisons.

Robert Stephenson was placed on the 10-day injured list on May 31st with a cervical strain. He last pitched on May 28th against Pittsburgh when he allowed 2 earned runs in 1.2 innings. The right-handed pitcher has thrived at times in a relief role this season. He’s currently sporting a 3.96 ERA in 25.0 innings and a WHIP of 1.00. He’s walked 10 batters on the season and struck out 35 of the 102 that he’s faced.

While Major League pitchers can remain on rehab assignments for up to 30 days, it’s not likely that this will be a long stay for Robert Stephenson. He will have missed just two weeks when he takes the mound on Tuesday. Assuming there are no set backs he is likely just there for 2 or 3 outings.

Dayton extends their winning streak to 7 with walk-off win

On June 1st the Dayton Dragons had the worst record in all of minor league baseball, sitting at 17-39. That day ended with a 2-1 loss at home to South Bend. Sunday the 2nd saw the Dragons finish their homestand with a 4-2 win. They would hit the road to West Michigan and sweep the Whitecaps before returning home to take on Fort Wayne. The first two games saw Dayton win 9-4 and 8-4.

The winning streak looked like it may be over on Sunday, though. The TinCaps grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 4th, and jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the 5th. The Dragons got a run back in the bottom of the 5th, but entering the bottom of the 8th inning they still trailed 4-1. Dayton would rally, getting a run on a Morgan Lofstrom single and adding two more to tie the game up on a Brian Rey pinch-hit single.

Connor Bennett came on to pitch the top of the 9th, and while Fort Wayne threatened with a single and a walk, Bennett got a pop up to shortstop to end the inning and give Dayton a chance to win in the bottom of the 9th inning. Randy Ventura led off the inning with an infield single. Michael Siani followed up with a single to right field to put runners on the corners. The TinCaps intentionally walked Miles Gordon to load the bases and set up a force out at home. That worked for the next play, but the bases remained loaded – this time with one out. Down 0-2 in the count, Pabel Manzanero took an 87 MPH pitch that was belt high, and crushed it off of the left-field wall for the walk-off win.

4 Responses

  1. SaveTheFarm

    Watched Sunday’s Dragons game on the TV. Was an entertaining game. Glad to see Siani hitting. His D and speed will play, just need to get that bat going.

  2. DaveCT

    I’ve never seen Siani play, so the most impressive thing of the video clip for me was rounding home to run out to the infield to celebrate. His effortless stride and quickness is impressive. Reminds me of Brady Anderson who I got to see in New Britain, CT when the Red Sox AA team was there. Dude scored from 1st on a single to right center.

  3. MK

    I look good on he video behind the plate, thanks for the face time.

    • Doug Gray

      Surely you aren’t suggesting you don’t look good even when you aren’t on video, right?